John Oliver ripped state lotteries apart on Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight, criticizing the suggestion that lotteries are a huge boost to education.
Though people in the U.Sspent $68 billion on the lottery in 2013, Oliver stresses that the money does less for schools than states advertise
Oliver also criticizes states for false optimism regarding the chances of winning big
“The lottery is in the business of selling people hope, and they do a great job at that,” he says, before showing a family-oriented commercial that feel more like “an ad for a mutual fund” than for the Mega Millions jackpot. …